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THINK BUSINESS: Transition Year students from Killarney Community College explored M&S on their site visit for Business in the Community 2020 last week.

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Local students got a unique insight into how one major retailer runs its store as part of the Schools’ Business Partnership.

Teens from Transition Year in Killarney Community College paid a visit to Marks and Spencer with their teacher Ms. McCarthy last week to learn how the multi-million euro business runs.

Killarney Community College has been partnered with Marks & Spencer, Killarney for over 10 years, Ms. McCarthy explained.

 

“Throughout the morning the students received an informative talk from Manager Paul Daly who explained to them the product life cycle of some of their products and how the business is run on a daily basis,” she said.

“The students asked questions and went around the store with Retail Manager Donal Casey. They were brought through the storage rooms, cold rooms and freezer area and learned what every room and appliance does and about the produce that they store.”

 

The students were also shown the IT side of things and learned how the freezer and cold rooms are operated. He explained to the students when a delivery is received and the steps that happen next in order for it to be available on the shop floor whether it is in the fashion or food hall department.

And since St Valentine's Day is around the corner the students with a budget of €150 were set a challenge to dress a mannequin for a date. Head of Fashion, Noreen Lyne, assisted the students with her first hand expertise.

 

“The Skills at Work Programme provides our students with an unique experience into the world of work,” Ms. McCarthy said.

“Over five sessions, our students are provided with the opportunity to learn about the partnering company and its business and to consider career and further study options available to them when they finish school.”

 

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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